Genre/Influences: Experimental, neo-classic.
Background/Info: “Haven” resulted from the common efforts between Pieter-Jan Van Assche (Innerwoud) on double bass and soprano Astrid Stockman. Most of you are probably more familiar with the work of Innerwoud who worked together with artists such as Barst and Treha Sektori.
Content: This album has something of an artistic intercourse between the melancholia and reverie of the double bass and the magic of Astrid’s vocals. Both Belgian artists are simply complementary accomplishing a deeply artistic work. But the album is much more than simply neo-classic music. It also has something experimental as some extra noises have been added here and there.
+ + + : The double bass is not the same as a cello, but there’s a similar emotion coming out. This melancholia creates a delicious symbiosis with the artistically trained vocals of Astrid Stockman. The songs have this transcendental power that makes you forget all daily misery. You feel like you have entered into another world, which is dark, but offers feelings of relief.
– – – : The album features 4 cuts. Only one single track (cf. “Elegy III”) can’t convince me; it’s short instrumental cut without real interest.
Conclusion: Music is emotion and the emotion I feel when listening to “Haven” is sadness. And believe it or not, but sadness can become beautiful and even deeply artistic.
Best songs: “Elegy IV”, “Elegy I”, “Elegy II”.